i want: A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag by Out of Print Clothing

A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag by Out of Print Clothing
A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag by Out of Print Clothing

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is one of my favourite books. I re-read the book and watch the Kubrick movie it every couple of years. The art by David Pelham from the 1972 Penguin softcover is my favourite rendition of the book’s cover. A quick Google Image Search on “a clockwork orange book” will give you a list of other covers and it’s easy to see why David’s work is so iconic. You can see some other famous David Pelham covers over at Flavorwire.

So when Out of Print Clothing created their A Clockwork Orange series using this iconic cover image I had to own it. I purchased the grey A Clockwork Orange sweatshirt and it’s easily the most commented on piece of clothing I own.

A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag by Out of Print Clothing
A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag by Out of Print Clothing

The shirts and phone cases are great too but the A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag is calling my name. Now, I have no damn need for another canvas bag, I have a closet shelf full of them but I just can’t resist the all over print of this bag.

You can buy the A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag online at Out of Print Clothing for $18 USD plus shipping.

Out of Print Clothing is a US based company that “celebrates the world’s greatest stories through fashion”. For every product that is sold, a book is donated to their partner Books for Africa.

images: outofprintclothing.com

Luminato at The Hearn Generating Station

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I’ve been around the event block many, many times in this city and these days it takes a lot to impress me. Luminato’s Big Bang Bash and the Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party at the Hearn Generating Station did just that last night. It was a combination of a spectacular venue and major nostalgia that took hold of me and never let go.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I love Luminato. It’s been a great addition to the Toronto arts scene. Anticipation was high for the after I received the press release letting the world know that the Hearn Generating Station would be the location for this year’s fundraising gala. I didn’t know anything about the Hearn Generating Station at the time but clarity happened once I read over the words “The one-of-a-kind venue has never before been used for an event like this, of this magnitude, but glimpses of the facility have been seen in the popular films, Pacific Rim and Robocop.” I just watched the horrible Robocop remake the day before. I knew the movie was filmed in Toronto but I had no idea The Hearn was location of one of the memorable battle scenes. The Hearn was one of the best things in the movie to be honest and now I knew its name. Even better, I was going to get to drink cold beers in its cavernous space.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

The Richard L. Hearn Generating Station is located in the Toronto Port Lands. It opened in 1951 and burned coal that was transported via the St. Lawrence Seaway. In the 70s the plant was converted to natural gas and continued until it stopped power production in 1983. The plant played supporting roles in energy production till 1991. There were two major attempts to buy the plant where one group wanted to turn it into a large hockey based sports center and another group that wanted to turn it into a movie studio. Both options fell through but the plant still occasionally shows up in movies.
The Big Bang Bash fundraising dinner had many of the Toronto’s influential benefactors, artists, politicians, sponsors and guest taking in the Berlin Underground theme. Table settings recreated the Berlin wall complete with graffiti and cinderblocks. Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director of Luminato Festival had this to say about The Hearn:

“The moment I walked into the Hearn Generating Station I knew I wanted to do something in this space. It is full of possibilities. It reminded me of the days when I moved to Berlin, just a couple of years after the wall came down. Every week there was a different club opening in an amazing underground location and a few weeks later it disappeared or grew bigger and bigger. The Hearn space asks to be filled with ideas and I love the idea of juxtaposing the glamour of a big gala with the rawness but grandeur of the space. It reminds me of Piranesi’s Carceri etchings. I am so grateful to Paul Vaughan and everyone at Studios of America to let us play in the space.”

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I didn’t attend the fancy dinner but Isabella Rossellini did! She’s here performing Green Porno at the festival. After the dinner the Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party started. Like everyone who didn’t drive, I took at taxi. It was a really crappy ride. My driver was a dick to be honest, honking and picking fights with other drivers. I also had to break out driving instructions on my phone so we could find the place. To top it all off, he didn’t have change.

All those frustrations sort of melted away when the huge smokestack came into view and the expansive plant grew larger. A wave of nostalgia hit me and I was taken back to my rave days. I went to a lot of raves in 1991 – 1993 and one of the most memorable was held at some factory in the west end. I wish I could remember where it was but I was still in high school and living in Richmond Hill at the time. I had no concept of downtown. We met a shuttle bus at Union station and they whisked us off to this random large factory to party and dance our asses off.

The Hearn brought back those feelings with a vengeance. I felt like a 18 year old again minus the minus the hallucinations. The Hearn dwarfed that factory. It is vast, so vast. 650 thousand cubic metres of space cannot be accurately described. It can fit 12 Parthenons inside! You could lose yourself staring upwards into its cavernous space. The space is in a state of decay but it’s beautiful. Spotlights and colours gave guests glimpses into the dark recesses outside of the party area. Photos don’t do it justice. I’ve never had an inkling for being an urban explorer but I had an almost impossible urge to start climbing any stair or rafter possible. I want a higher vantage point. What hidden secrets did the depths of The Hearn hold for those brave enough? Chatter throughout the night revolved around the insurance price tag and the fact that a concrete floor was poured a couple weeks before just for this event.

YSL had beauty stations where guests could try out the latest makeup and there was a contest for a Saint Laurent handbag which I didn’t win. Previews for the new Yves Saint Laurent movie and YSL ads repeated on big screens throughout the night. Hot Pop Factory (http://www.hotpopfactory.com/) had a booth showing off their 3D printing skills. Guests walked away with laser printed leather bracelets and polymer brooches.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

The Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party didn’t beat the rave on the dancing front. A few of us took advantage of the DJ and dance floor but I couldn’t help wonder how amazing it would have been if Toronto was a dancing city. Despite the very Toronto no dancing thing, The Hearn took me to a place that I didn’t think was possible in Toronto. I felt like I was attending some super exclusive party in London or New York, places that would take advantage of a beautiful, thought provoking space like The Hearn. My hope is that this party sparks some more interest in the space and that someone wants to see it make a cultural contribution to the city like Wychwood Barns, The Distillery District and Evergreen Brick Works.

Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash
Luminato and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party and Big Bang Bash

I guess I should mention my outfit. We were warned about the space ahead of time and I forgot flats and dressed like it was fall. I did the typical Torontonian black with my custom Danier Dress and punched it up with colour using a Gap moto jacket and Kara Ross handbag. Of course, my 3.1 Phillip Lim Chelsea boots were on my feet.

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Luminato, I’ve fallen in love with The Hearn. I went on a major research spree and found some really great links that should you check out for more information and photos.
Ride My Pony Photography » Hearn Power Station

Richard L. Hearn Generating Station | Invisible Threads

Hume: Powerful reasons to keep the Hearn Station | Toronto Star

images: George Pimentel Photography
video: me

I want – I got’s Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014 Picks

I want - I got's Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014 Picks
Toronto Design Offsite Festival – January 20 – 26, 2014

In Toronto the third week in January is all about design. Some really cool people I know help make the Toronto Design Offsite Festival a reality.

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a not-for-profit, independent design festival happening annually at the end of January. TO DO’s aim is to provide exposure for local and national designers; to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design; and to create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to a deliver an innovative celebration of art and design.

The TO DO Festival runs from January 20 – 26, 2014. Here are some I want – I got approved options if you are looking to check it out.

A Film: Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Tue, Jan 21, 2014
Herman Miller Canada Showroom | Film
Narrated by James Franco, the film brings to light a virgin cache of archival material, visually stunning films, photographs and artifacts produced by Charles and Ray Eames with their talented staff during the hypercreative forty-year epoch of the Eames Office.

Accumulation
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 – Sun, Feb 16, 2014
ARTiculations | Exhibition
Out of matte white paper, Christine Kim has constructed light geometrical structures assembled together like cumulus clouds. For this installation, she explores the relationship between light and shadow through the cut, the fold, and the curve of paper.

Capacity
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Gladstone Hotel Art Bar | Exhibition
The fourth annual CAPACITY is a contemporary design show featuring new, theme-specific work by Canadian women designers. This year our participants draw inspiration from the work and/or life of design pioneer Ray Eames as a starting point for their Capacity 2014 projects.

Code Switch
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Delight Chocolate | Window Installation
This two-part installation turns the margins of everyday architecture on its side, quite literally, by illuminating the essential elements of our built environment. Make your own connections by controlling the installed lighting display with the touch of a brick wall.

Come Up To My Room
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Gladstone Hotel | Exhibition
Come Up To My Room is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event with 25 installations and 4000 visitors, all in under 4 days. The 60 artists and designers are limited only by their imaginations, making it one of the most exciting shows in Toronto.

Crease Patterns
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 – Thu, Feb 20, 2014
Cornerstone Home Interiors | Window Installation
Totem Rug Design and Lori Harrison collaborate on an installation of rugs and textiles inspired by origami. Their window installation titled ‘Crease Patterns’ will connect the ephemeral world of paper folding with the timeless art of textile design.

Do Design
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Various venues on Dundas Street West between Bathurst and Grace Streets | Exhibition
Do Design celebrates contemporary design in diverse settings of a vibrant neighbourhood. Over 20 individual works plus two exhibitions are showcased in local venues including design stores, cafes, bars, salons and boutiques along Dundas Street West (Bathurst to Grace Streets).

Letterpress Workshop
Wed, Jan 22, 2014
Graven Feather | Workshop | Collaboration
This workshop is a brief introduction to the use of letterpress to make simple and beautiful cards. It’s the perfect opportunity to come and experiment on the presses using old-fashion metal type and vintage designs.

Oasis Skateboard Factory Pop Up Shop
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 – Fri, Jan 31, 2014
The Baitshop | Exhibition
Oasis Skateboard Factory, the only street art and skateboard design high school in the world, presents their end-of-semester pop-up shop. The exhibit will showcase handcrafted, student built and designed skateboards.

patternpattern
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Graven Feather | Exhibition
Process becomes pattern in this installation by textile designers Lysanne Latulippe and Meghan Price of STRING THEORY. Here a collection of scarves is presented within walls that describe their making.

Sweetness of the Work – Spinning Jenny
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 – Sat, Mar 01, 2014
Gerhard Supply | Window Installation
A glittering, salt encrusted Singer sewing machine and handmade bobbins of salted hand spun linen paper, plus additional salted tools of the ‘trade’ and embroidered works – Sweetness of the Work pays homage to the art and history of sewing, revering the virtuosity of hand work interpreted through a modern lens.

TO DO Opening Party at SMASH
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 – Thu, Jan 23, 2014
SMASH | Design Party
Come and find out what the festival is about, meet local designers, experience amazing salvage furniture and curiosities at SMASH, and dance with the amazing community that makes the Festival happen.

TO DO Closing Party with Love Design
Sat, Jan 25, 2014 – Sun, Jan 26, 2014
Gladstone Hotel | Design Party
After an amazing Festival week, there is no better way to close it than with another party. Join us at the free Love Design Party, where we celebrate the 11th year of the Gladstone Hotel’s iconic show Come Up To My Room.

This is just a small selection of events happening during the TO DO Festival. Be sure to check out the Toronto Design Offsite Festival website for full festival details.

Follow the TO DO Festival
Instagram – http://instagram.com/todesignoffsite
Twitter – http://twitter.com/TODesignOffsite and the hashtag #todo14
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TorontoDesignOffsiteFestival

I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

It’s that time of year again and I want – I got is putting together massive Gift Guides of things I think would be perfect to give as gifts this season. The second Gift Guide in the series deals with Books of the fashion variety. I haven’t kept up on my fashion books this year but thankfully, my savior, Nathalie Atkinson at the National Post has. I trolled her articles at the National Post to come up with this list. Some of these books like, The Coat Route is already on my list to read and now I have 7 others.

I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Well Read Fashion Lover
I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

Hazlitt #1 – I tossed this one in the list because my friend and one of my favourite designers, Jeremy Laing is Art Director for the issue.

How to Read Fashion: A Crash Course in Styles, Designers, and Couture by Fiona FFoulkes

Giambattista Valli

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat by Meg Lukens Noonan

I want - I got's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide - For the Well Read Fashion Lover
I want – I got’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide – For the Well Read Fashion Lover

Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies

The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk

The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent by Denyse Beaulieu

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

Operanation might be over for the year but you can still support the Canadian Opera Company with a limited edition KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee. The T-shirt incorporates elements of this years Operanation theme, Temptation. We may not have gotten the Kaelen x Amy Burstyn-Fritz treatment but the t-shirt is a more accessible way to get into Kaelen.

As a friend of Operanation, I was gifted a KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee to wear. The first thing that struck me was the fit. It might just be me but when I put on a t-shirt with the perfect fit everything feels right in the world.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

The next thing that hit me was the perfect branding. I hate logo shirts so it was really refreshing to have a t-shirt that managed to namedrop without it being overpowering to the design.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

The third thing that stood out was the design itself (and that it extends to the back of the shirt). This is a t-shirt that looks like it wasn’t designed by committee. Many times fundraiser t-shirts are barren of creativity and people end up wearing them to bed or they go to Goodwill. This KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation tshirt is one that I wear outside the house with pride as my selfies attest.

KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee
KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee

There are only 50 of the KAELEN X Sam Roberts Band Operanation Tee available. They cost $100 and all proceeds go to COC Ensemble Studio. The tshirts can be found online at the COC’s Opera Shop and in-person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 145 Queen St. W.

I want – I got’s Top Picks for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: The Final List

Scotiabank  Nuit Blanche - lightbridge
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – lightbridge

There are just too many interesting sounding art installations going on during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Too many to post about individually on the site. I started but I realize it’s pretty pointless. So, I’ve decided to share My Scotiabank Nuit Blanche planner. It’s pretty ambitious and I’m sure I won’t see all of it.

Scotiabank  Nuit Blanche - Garden Tower in Toronto
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – Garden Tower in Toronto

The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche website is pretty handy. It’s optimized for mobile and it comes with a handy planning tool that you can share with your friends. So, instead of listing everything out here, I’m just going to link to I want – I got’s Top Picks for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Scotiabank  Nuit Blanche - Ai Weiewei, Forever Bicycles
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – Ai Weiewei, Forever Bicycles

I’ll give you a few hints off my list though:

  • Forever Bicycles at Nathan Phillips Square
  • Familia at Church of the Holy Trinity
  • Garden Tower in Toronto at Metropolitan United Church
  • Urban Visuals lightbridge at Puente de Luz

images: scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche: The (Re)Generator Project

I want - I got's Top Picks for Nuit Blanche: The (Re)Generator Project
I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche: The (Re)Generator Project

The (Re)Generator Project

The [RE] GENERATOR Project is an interactive multimedia installation that explores the concept of “RE” (REcycling, REmixing, REinventing, REusing, REpurposing etc) using elements of fashion design, visual art, social media and projection mapping. It is guided by the Akan ideology of Sankofa which states, “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

The [RE] GENERATOR Project will incorporate Gabrielle Lasporte’s organic exploration of “flow” using the Modern Batik technique and Chinedu Ukabam’s digital remix of African patterns and mashup of fashion silhouettes. The installation will close the loop between the creators and their audience, allowing them to “weave” their own inspiration into the installation in real time. A special hashtag will be revealed on the website (http://theregeneratorproject.org) before the installation goes live, making it possible to upload an image or pattern into the installation using Instagram. The selection process will be crowd-sourced using the number of “likes” or comments.

H&M Eaton’s Centre, Yonge Street & Dundas Street (Best viewed from the south-west corner of Yonge and Dundas.)

This project is both indoors and outdoors.

I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2013: Chromatherapy

I want - I got's Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2013: Chromatherapy
I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2013: Chromatherapy

Are you dressing on the same wavelengths as your inner palette? Are you ready to discover the right hue for a new you?

Whether it’s mastering the art of throwing shade, or learning how to achieve high level spectrum dressing, #CHROMATHERAPY promises to interpret your colour and style personality via an immersive, vibrant journey through the colour wheel.

Co-led by licensed chromatherapists @REERAW and @FINALFASHION,
this live media spectacle invites participants to be a part of a latenight #SNBTOstreet level infomercial. Join us to get feel-good advice on how to dress in harmony with the way you live and the person you truly are.

Through the transformative powers of silken chakra chroma draping techniques and fashion illustration futurisms, this talk-show-meets-hawk-show will delve deep into the style sub-consciousness of Toronto, uncovering life-changing revelations, one outfit at a time.

#CHROMATHERAPY is an upcoming site- and social-specific
performance by REA MCNAMARA and DANIELLE MEDER for NUIT
BLANCHE 2013, Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event. It is an art project curated by EARL MILLER for the QUEEN ST. WEST BIA’s “OUT OF SITE 2013” group exhibition.

WHERE: PROPER RESERVE (498 Queen St. West).
WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 6:51pm to sunrise.

I want – I got’s Top Picks for Nuit Blanche 2013: Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop

Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop
Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop

To celebrate Nuit Blanche, the Philip Sparks shop will be converted into a bespoke bow tie workshop on Saturday, October 5. Between 7 pm and midnight, Sparks and his studio team will be taking custom neckwear orders from shoppers and cutting, stitching and pressing them up on the spot.

“Our focus this season has been on highlighting that our menswear and womenswear is proudly made in Toronto,” says Sparks. “This event is an opportunity for customers to see local manufacturing in action and order a one-of-a-kind piece made just for them.”

The installation will also mark the launch of a new, premium bespoke service available through the store. Unlike many other made-to-order offerings, Philip Sparks tailors collaborate with customers to develop coats, suits and shirting from scratch with personalized design and material sourcing and multiple fitting appointments.

Philip Sparks Bespoke Bow Tie Shop
Saturday, October 5, 7 pm to midnight
162 Ossington Avenue (side entrance off Foxley Street)

Hermes Festival des Metiers at The Design Exchange – October 2 – 6, 2013

Hermès Festival des Métiers at The Design Exchange - October 2 - 6, 2013
Herm̬s Festival des M̩tiers at The Design Exchange РOctober 2 Р6, 2013

Herm̬s Festival des M̩tiers at The Design Exchange РOctober 2 Р6, 2013
Hermès proudly celebrates both the passion and perfection of the work of its artisans with the Festival des Métiers in Toronto from October 2 – October 6, 2013 at the Design Exchange. This engaging cultural exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the longstanding traditions and values of Hermès in the crafting of fine objects defined by an uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of quality. The exhibition features intimate behind-the-scenes demonstrations by masterful craftspeople from the renowned Hermès workshops in France, illustrating the methods in which products are painstakingly made-by-hand using techniques passed from generation to generation.

Admission to Festival des Métiers is free.

October 2 – 6, 2013, 11am – 7pm Daily.

Location: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

Website: www.dx.org

I’m in the Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013 Edition

Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013
Toronto Life Stylebook Fall 2013

I have a little feature in the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook. They approached me to discuss my beauty routine and what new products I’m looking forward to this fall. I give shout outs to some of my favourite beauty brands and retailers: Lancome, Chanel, Essie, Givenchy, Marni, Balenciaga, Philosophy, Concepts Salon & Spa and the Miraj Hammam Spa at The Shangri-La Hotel.

Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera
Anita Clarke by Judit García-Talavera for the Toronto Life Stylebook

The most surprising thing about the feature was this illustration of me. I was completely stunned. If you remember, I hated the last illustration Toronto Life commissioned of me.

Judit García-Talavera is an illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain. She is absolutely incredible and I’m not just saying that because she created a kick ass illustration of me. She’s worked with clients such as Marie Claire Spain, Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Bloomingdales, ELLE China, Teen Vogue, Gilt Group, ELLE Girl Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, Stylesight, Rolling Stone Spain, Hennessy Cognac and Piaget. You can see all the rest of Judit’s work for the Fall 2013 Toronto Life Stylebook on her blog.

The Toronto Life Stylebook is in stores right now.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

Christian Lacroix kicks off the revival of the House of Schiaparelli with a Haute Couture collection for the Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 season. Every season the House of Schiaparelli will be inviting a different artist to create a Haute Couture collection. These collections aren’t for sale and purely for the love of Couture (and great advertising to boot).

Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

There are a couple of videos out that show the collection and interviews with the designer and Schiaparelli spokespeople.

The video below is an interview with Christian Lacroix with Suzy Menkes.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

I think my favourite part of the collection is the hats.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Schiaparelli Haute Couture by Christian Lacroix Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

Schiaparelli Fall 2013 Couture Collection on Style.com.

I want – I got’s Luminato Festival 2013 Top Picks

Luminato Festival 2013
Luminato Festival 2013

The Luminato Festival is upon us once again. There are so many things to see and do during the festival. Toronto is lucky to have a few Marina Abramovic’s works to take in also. Here are I want – I got’s top picks of the festival to get your started on your festival planning.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Unfortunately this is sold out. I was lucky enough to see the show on June 14. It was haunting, beautiful and random. I loved it completely and shamelessly. Willam Dafoe (who I love even more now) and Antony were perfection. It’s a performance that will stick with me for a very long time. I hope to be able to see it again in the future.

Marina Abramovic – The Past, The Present, and The Future of Performance Art: A Lecture – June 18, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. — No Intermission..
$25
Winter Garden Theatre

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

A Symphonic Birthday Party – June 21, 2013,
8:00 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.

Free. The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Chamber Magic- June 17 – 19 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
$75, $60
George Brown House

Luminato Festival 2013 - MAI Prototype
Luminato Festival 2013 – MAI Prototype

MAI – Prototype – June 14 – 22, 2013 – various times
$25, Trinity Bellwoods Park. The video below is Marina Abramovic discussing MAI – Prototype

Stockpile – June 14 – 22, 2013 – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free
Brookfield Place – Allen Lambert Galleria

One Thousand Speculations – June 14 – 22, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free
The Hub at David Pecaut Square

Luminato presents Dolls by Viktor & Rolf - Till June 30, 2013
Luminato presents Dolls by Viktor & Rolf – Till June 30, 2013

Luminato Festival 2013 – VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS – June 10 – 30, 2013
Free
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum – Thorsell Spirit House

Lancôme - Roses by... Photo: JJ Thompson
Lancôme – Roses by… Photo: JJ Thompson

Lancôme – Roses by… – June 11 – 22, 2013 – 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free
First Canadian Place

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic photo: Lucie Jansch

Mark Morris Dance Group – June 21 – 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
$95, $85, $75, $60, $45
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

20 Bloggers for a Rose: The Lanc̫me Virtual Gallery РJune 14 Р20, 2013
Free
Check out this Virtual Gallery installation located at David Pecaut Square with your smartphone. Download the Virtual Gallery App for Android and Download the Virtual Gallery App for iPhones. You can only see the gallery when you are physically located at David Pecaut Square.

Danse Lhasa Danse – June 19, 2013 – 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free
David Pecaut Square
This event will be streamed so if you can’t see it, bookmark this page and watch the video below on the 19th at 9pm.

Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 - 2014
Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

I usually only post about my favourite collections of the fashion weeks. The Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 collection a favourite not because I loved most of the looks. It’s a favourite because Mary did something I didn’t expect this season, she changed. I’ve anticipated this move since the Katrantzou print influence took over the fashion world.

Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 - 2014
Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

The typical Katrantzou print was out and photos by Edward Steichen, Clarence White, and Alfred Stieglitz were in. She explored new, angular shapes with some Japanese influences and toned down the colour. There was a lot of black in the collection. I appreciate the risks she took with this collection. The backstage photos posted on the Mary Katrantzou Facebook page should change anyone’s opinion of the collection, it’s just beautiful.

“I wanted to step back from color and print and contemplate shapes and silhouettes. It was important for me to take that time,” she said. It was the first season we draped on the stand in a very complex way.” (source)

Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 - 2014
Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014

Mary has commercial avenues with her five-year old business now so she can take these risks on the runway.Vogue Magazine has a shortened video of all the Mary Katrantzou Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 fall runway looks.

images: style.com

Chatting with Dorothy Vogel at the Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

I didn’t realize I would be meeting an art world superstar on Thursday but I found myself sitting across for Dorthoy Vogal talking about art, booze and Downton Abbey. It was the Opening Night party for the Reel Artists Film Festival.

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

The 10th-annual Reel Artists Film Festival presents a selection of international feature-length and short documentaries that address challenges and questions raised by artists both in front of and behind the camera. Through these films, subjects are revealed, experimental processes unfold, and events are staged. With these three categories in mind—subject, process, event—RAFF handpicked works by artists who play with the idea of documentary and show how cross-disciplinary connections can revitalize the medium, reigniting its creative potential.(source: press release)

Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night
Reel Artists Film Festival Opening Night

Opening night was a real treat as the Real Artist Film Festival brought Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel to celebrate 10 years of the festival and their new movie Herb & Dorothy 50×50. Megumi Sasaki’s Herb & Dorothy premiered at the Real Artist Film Festival in 2009. It documented the lives of Herb and Dorothy Vogel who amassed an enormous collection of conceptual art and minimalist art. The movie showed people you don’t need to be rich to enjoy and collect art. Herb was a Postal Worker and Dorothy was a Librarian but together they build up a very valuable collection. Herb & Dorothy 50×50 continues the tale of the Vogel collection and their incredible gift of 50 works of art to 50 museums in the US. We got to see a small excerpt of the movie ahead of its full showing in New York. It was inspiring and I can’t wait to see the compete film.

The Real Artist Film Festival continues all weekend and there are lots of great films to see. Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the TIFF Box Office.

Outfit Breakdown: All in black with Jeremy Laing Jacket and Top, Danier Leather Leggings, Ash Boots and handbag by Kara Ross (courtesy of Kelly Claman Company Inc)

images: Emma Mcintyre

Run, Don’t Walk to Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection at the Bata Shoe Museum

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

The Roger Vivier exhibit at The Bata Shoe Museum is coming to a close and if you’ve been putting off going you need to stop now. April 7, 2013 is the last day you can check out the work of this master shoemaker. I finally got off my ass and took in the exhibit this week. Roger Vivier’s work is of exceptional beauty and technical design. He invented so many of the classic shoe styles some of which are as popular as ever more than 50 years later.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

Roger pushed shoe design to new levels with his creative and technical sides. Vivier perfected the modern stiletto in 1954. He never used the term stiletto but aiguille (needle heel). The Choc heel which looks like a concave stiletto came along in 1959. My favourite pair of the exhibit are a Choc heel and pictured above. Roger also debuted the Tibet heel in 1959. It’s shaped like a small inverted pyramid. The Polichinelle heel followed, it has a low hourglass-shaped heel. In 1962 he introduced another heel shape called New Style which was low, curvy and places directly under the heel of the foot. It was after this development that Dior and Vivier parted ways. During his time at Dior he solidified the lowered heel and square toe as staples of shoe design.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

During his time of independence, Roger created the Choc heel’s design opposite, the Virgule or Comma heel. After Dior, Vivier moved on to design for Yves Saint Laurent. Together they debuted the thigh high boot and the low heeled buckle shoe. These modern designs are inspired by 17th and 18th century men’s shoe designs. The low heeled buckle shoe got the nickname the “pilgrim buckle” shoe. The shoe took on it’s final name, “Belle de jour” after Catherine Denueve wore them in the 1967 namesake movie. Cuissardes or thigh high boot produced by Vivier under YSL caused waves in the 60s with their sex appeal. Vivier reintroduced the Socle Choc or platform sandal in 1967 and they were part of YSL’s spring collection that same year.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

It was a spiritual visit. The shoes are breathtaking. The details display the genius of Vivier. Many of the displays allow you to get a look at all angles of the shoe which I really appreciated as a details nerd. There are a lot of shoes on display that span Roger Vivier’s career. I felt satiated after the exhibit and was pleased with the selection on display. The official book of the Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection exhibit is amazing and I purchased one for myself. It has all the text on display in the exhibit as well as the shoes and images.

The French Consulate created a video of the exhibit where you can see the layout of the space.

Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection

So if you call yourself a shoe lover or snob you need to get to the Bata Shoe Museum before April 7, 2013 because this is an exhibit that cannot be missed.

Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St. West
Toronto
images: me, rogervivier.com

Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard and Seberg Chic

Breathless - À bout de souffle
Breathless – À bout de souffle

I’m a bit of a film nerd so I made sure to take advantage of Hulu free Criterion Collection weekend. I was able to knock off a couple of classics that we taking up a long residence on my Must Watch list. I finally got to cross Breathless off that list. À bout de souffle is the original title of film directed by French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard and it translates literally into “at breath’s end”.

Breathless - Jean Seberg
Breathless – Jean Seberg

A small time crook, Michel Poiccard, chased by the police after stealing a car, shoots one of them and flees. Back in Paris he finds an American girlfriend and succeeds in seducing her. He convinces her to go to Italy with him. But the police have discovered the murderer’s identity and are on his trail…(source)

Breathless - Jean Seberg
Breathless – Jean Seberg

This movie is know in fashion circles because of the exception style the lead actress, Jean Seberg, a 60s fashion icon. I was awestruck by the wardrobe of her character Patricia in the film. I learned that there was no costume designer working on this movie so the actors were responsible for their wardrobes. Jean became and instant style icon and “Seberg Chic” helped to define the 60s. It really got me thinking about incorporating some of “Seberg Chic” into my own look. “Seberg Chic” is defined by these classic items: breton striped tops and dresses, full skirts, shirt dresses, slim black trousers, lightweight button-ups, Trilbys, trench-coats, penny loafers and flat pumps. I love Jean’s pixie cut too as it makes her style all the more relevant to me. The beautiful thing about Seberg Chic is that it’s classic and easy to recreate.

images: studiocanalcollection.com, imdb.com, tumblr.com

The Door by Ava DuVernay – Miu Miu The Women’s Tales #5

Miu Miu. How I love you for the latest film in your Women’s Tales series. I never expected to see a film with an all black cast by a black director associated with Miu Miu ever. As you can guess I’m pleasantly surprised to be wrong and totally in love with Miu Miu. The cast rocks Miu Miu designs and look smoking hot doing it. LOVE!

The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change.

The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist’s home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness. “In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” explains director DuVernay. “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.”

Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.

Ava DuVernay was the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival, for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere, in 2012. The Door stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Gvenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

I’m loving the Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 ad campaign. Kate, Mariacarla and Marina in one campaign, OMG.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

My favourite model Mariacarla Boscono is back with her baby in tow and looking amazing. Looking better than ever.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Performance artist, Marina Abramovic, whose movie The Artist is Present is an absolute must see, is looking so incredible. I love this woman.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

The uncanny Kate Moss, she just doesn’t lose her touch.

Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign
Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Ad Campaign

Check out the making of video.

Photographers: Mert Alas & Marcus Biggott And Riccardo Tisci
Models: Kate Moss, Mariacarla Boscono, Marina Abramovic, Jose Maria Manzanares, Jared Buckhiester

images: thefashionspot.com

Comme des Carrés, Hermès x Comme des Garçons

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Cheval surprise studio des fleurs
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCheval surprise studio des fleurs

A few months ago Hermès and Rei Kawakubo announced that they would collaborate. Comme des Garçons x Hermès scarves naturally got people pretty excited. I’m one of them. The collaboration resulted in two collections named “Black and White” and “Colour”. Rei incorporated house designs and manipulated them to create something new.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Touch Me
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РTouch Me

The ‘Black and White’ collection is available only in Comme des Garçons shops (Aoyama-Tokyo, New York, Paris). The ‘Colour’ collection: collection can only be purchased at Dover Street Market stores (London, Tokyo). For people who can’t get to Tokyo, Paris or New York, you can buy the scarves online at www.doverstreetmarket.com from February 6, 2013 for the ‘Colour’ collection and from April 1, 2013 for the ‘Black and White’ collection. Prices start range from £300 – £1,500.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Patch g+-¼ant
Hermès x Comme des Garçons – Patch g+-¼ant

They are rolling out the sale of the scarves in the retail shops. Here are the details

  • From 6th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop, Paris
  • From 7th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop, New York
  • From 8th February 2013 in the Comme des Garçons shop in Aoyama-Tokyo, and the Dover Street Market Ginza shop.
  • From 12th February in the Dover Street Market shop, London
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Harnais de cour
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РHarnais de cour

“Rei Kawakubo has stamped her vision on the Hermès scarf. With rigour, precision, energy and salience”, remarks Bali Barret, Artistic Director.

“I have always deeply respected the tradition and craftsmanship of Hermès. In our project together, rather than wanting to wear the scarves, I was looking forward to the change that would happen when I added something to the beautiful ‘paintings’ of Hermès scarf designs. I think through the addition of abstract images, we have transformed the scarf and created something new”, comments Rei Kawakubo.(source: press release)

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Quadrige
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РQuadrige
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Couvertures et tenues de jour N&B
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCouvertures et tenues de jour N&B

I love the collection but who didn’t expect that. My favourite prints are Patch g+-¼ant and Touch Me.

Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Couvertures et tenues de jour couleur
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCouvertures et tenues de jour couleur
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Coaching
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCoaching
Hermès x Comme des Garçons - Circuit 24 Faubourg
Herm̬s x Comme des Gar̤ons РCircuit 24 Faubourg

images: courtesy of Hermès

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM - February 9, 2013
BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

Dr. Alexandra Palmer delivers the inside scoop on the ROM’s commission of the House of Dior’s design and creation of the breathtaking haute couture dress now taking centre stage in BIG. Includes the world premiere of the full version of the film Dior about the making of the dress.

Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
President’s Choice School Entrance

Public: $20
RPC, YRC Members: $15
Members: $15

Dina Gonzalez Mascaro Jewellery

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I went to the opening of the SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró show held at the Ossington Philip Sparks shop. Dina is an Argentinian, born Vancouver based artist visiting the city for the Interior Design Show and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in sculpture but she is a self-taught jewellery artist.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

Dina’s jewellery is very much and extension of her artwork. I really love what she does as it’s so unique. She is really pushing design in a different direction. The jewellery has added dimension and structure not normally seen. Strong women wear these pieces otherwise they end up wearing you.

Dina González Mascaró Jewellery
Dina González Mascaró Jewellery

I’m not a cyclist but her bike series is amazing. The wheels move on the mini bikes and the wheel pendant is just perfect. If you are in Vancouver you can visit Dina’s shop/studio, JewellerBau. She does custom work as well. At the opening Dina described a set of wedding bands she created for an artist couple. The couple knew that they couldn’t wear these rings constantly because of the nature of Dina’s design. Dina cleverly designed the two rings so that they created a self standing sculpture when put together.

SORRY, I’M NOT SORRY, I’M NOT A JEWELLER by Dina González Mascaró runs until January 27, 2013 at Philip Sparks Tailored Goods, 162 Ossington Avenue, Toronto. Prices start at $80.

Come Up To My Room – 10 Year Archive Project

Come Up To My Room - 10 Year Archive Project
Come Up To My Room – 10 Year Archive Project

Come Up To My Room, The Alternative Design Show starts this week. I’ve always really liked the event and covered it extensively for blogTO in 2007 and 2008.

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto.

As this is an important anniversary for this ever-expanding show, the tenth installment will emphasize the idea that formed the basis for the very first CUTMR – occupying and altering a space in a dramatic, conceptual, or experimental way.

So, CUTMR is 10 years old and now you can view all of the past events thanks to the Come Up To My Room 10 Year Archive Project. Attend the event at The Gladstone Hotel this week and see what you missed over the years online.

Come Up To My Room – January 24 – 27, 2013

Come Up To My Room - January 24 - 27, 2013
Come Up To My Room – January 24 – 27, 2013

Come Up To My Room – January 24 – 27, 2013

Exhibition Hours: Thurs 6-8pm, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-5pm | Exterior, Café, Ballroom + 2nd Floor Gallery

Opening Reception: Sat Jan 26, 2013 | 7-11pm | 2nd Floor
Love Design Party: Sat Jan 26, 2013 | 10pm-2:30am | FREE | (this is the official closing party for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival)
Panel Discussion: Evolution – Designers Conversations in a Collaborative City: Sun Jan 27, 2013 | 1pm-3pm | Gladstone Ballroom

This year CUTMR welcomes 25 individuals and collectives drawn from the worlds of architecture, industrial design, fashion, and contemporary art to transform the Gladstone Hotel both inside and out with site-specific and immersive installations. For the first time, CUTMR will break through the walls of this historic venue, adding design installations to the hotel’s exterior and surroundings. Site-specific furniture, lighting, and art will push the boundaries of design throughout the Romanesque red brick of the hotel’s gallery rooms, public spaces, and beyond. The exterior installations will be created primarily by CUTMR alumni, including Rob Southcott, Orest Tataryn, the Brothers Dressler, with newcomers Michal Maciej Bartosik and Greenbelt Arts.

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Anita Clarke Snowflake by Ideas Factory
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